Local first responders see hazards of power lines at Broad River Electric

October 24, 2013

GAFFNEY — Over 130 first responders from Cherokee, Union, and Spartanburg Counties witnessed first-hand the hazards of power line during an entertaining, yet sobering presentation at Broad River Electric Cooperative Auditorium, Thursday night.

The live line demonstration, presented by a safety crew from Pike Electric, allowed local law enforcement, fire fighters, and emergency personnel to become more familiar with the dangers of electricity from a safe distance. Pike’s High Voltage Live Line Truck produces primary line voltage (up to 7200 volts) to effectively demonstrate electric hazards and the importance of work procedures such as proper personal protection equipment use and care and safe storm work procedures.

Demonstrations include simulation of human contact, fallen trees in power lines, kite strings and Mylar balloons, and how animals can cause power outages.

The event was sponsored and hosted by Broad River Electric Cooperative to educate and inform the community’s first responders. Fire departments, emergency services, and law enforcement from all three counties were in attendance. They were also served a meal courtesy of the cooperative.

“These men and women put their life on the line every day to protect, serve, and save us,” said Doug Wilson, President and CEO of Broad River Electric. “We want them to know how much we appreciate what they do, but we also want them to be safe whenever they have to work around power lines.”

Pike is one of the largest providers of Energy Solutions in the U.S., providing engineering, construction and maintenance for distribution and transmission power lines and substations. The Live Line Demo is part of Pike Electric’s STAY SAFE program and is presented dozens of times throughout the southeastern United States each year.

Broad River Electric Cooperative is a non-profit, member-owned distribution cooperative providing services to more than 20,000 members in Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union and Newberry counties in South Carolina and Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties in North Carolina in order to improve the quality of their lives.

This article was written by Josh P. Crotzer, Media Services Coordinator for Broad River Electric Cooperative.